The Sportable Podcast Is an interview based show where host Josh Sloan sits down with our athletes and community members in order to raise awareness of our mission to create opportunities and transform lives through sport. Each episode is a deep dive into the impact that Sportable and adaptive sports have on that week’s guest. It’s what Sportable means direct from the people that are a part of it.
Episode 5 – Zach Zomermaand
Zach gets into the nearly 20 years and half a dozen or so sports he has played and competed in from wheelchair basketball in grade school through adulthood in Iowa to a variety of sports with Sportable once his job with Capital One brought him to Richmond, VA a few years ago. Zach has done multiple half marathons with Sportable, is a nationally ranked B Division wheelchair tennis player, is the coach of our wheelchair tennis program, has played lacrosse with the Sportable Crush, basketball with the Sportable Rim Riders, rowed on and off the water, and just about anything else Sportable threw at him. While Zach’s accomplishments are impressive, so too is his ability to describe the feeling of reaching those goals with a massive amount of humility. Listen to Episode 5 here
Episode 4 – Meredyth Sauter
Grab some tissues, this one’s a doozy. Josh hears from Sportable athlete Meredyth Sauter on the many sports she plays with us and listens to her talk about the impact Sportable has had on her life. She puts into words what it means to be a part of the Sportable family and it is powerful stuff. Listen to Episode 4 here.
Episode 3 – Grace Swanner
Josh catches up with his wheelchair rugby teammate, Grace Swanner. They discuss her studies at VCU, hobbies outside Sportable, quarantining, but mostly share stories from rugby tournament weekends and the impact joining Sportable has had on Grace. Go Possums. Listen to Episode 3 here.
Episode 2 – Richard Cook
Josh catches up with cycling athlete and marathoner Richard Cook. They get into Richard’s storied history as competitive para cyclist, his transition from running to pushing marathons in a racing wheelchair, how he discovered Sportable, and why he loves it. Listen to Episode 2 here.
Episode 1 – Matthew Shapiro
On Sportable’s first ever podcast episode, host Josh Sloan checks in with power soccer athlete, disability rights advocate, and entrepreneur Matthew Shapiro. They discuss Matthew’s 10+ years as a Sportable athlete, how he’s holding up in the time of COVID-19, his work with 6 Wheels Consulting , and the need for disability advocacy. Listen to Episode 1 here.